After that its theatrical shelf life could fade fast.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER nails it with its take on this flick: “For fans of bonbons and Hallmark sentiment who wish Valentine’s Day lasted forever, Garry Marshall’s movie arrives like the answer to a prayer.”
But let’s be fair. Sure it’s a fluff piece, but an entertaining one—and definitely critic’s proof!
VALENTINE’S DAY may go down as Hollywood’s ultimate interconnection romantic comedy—more or less. Most of what happens here is sandwiched between early morning and late evening on Valentine’s Day in L.A.
It’s also the ultimate ENSEMBLE lineup with individual stories unfolding after florist Ashton Kutcher proposes to unsuspecting bedmate Jessica Alba during the first minutes of the picture.
From there the camera follows the who’s-going-to-show-up-next scenario that’s able to cleverly intertwine all the characters
I counted at least 22!
An amazing lineup of assembled talent including Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Patrick Dempsey, Eric Dane, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Topher Grace, Anne Hathaway (working herself through college as an Adult Phone Entertainer), Taylor Lautner, Shirley MacLaine, Julie Roberts and Taylor Swift just to mention a few.
And even though a vast number of these stars don’t all appear together on the screen, there is continuance to this montage-like story line.
Can you expect cliches?…does Hallmark sell Valentine cards?
At right at 2:03 hours, the film’s running time is about 15 to 20 minutes too long.
Had director Garry Marshall brought it in more tightly edited